Postdoc opportunity: Urban Environmental Governance, University of Lausanne

Postdoctoral fellow in Urban Environmental Governance


The University of Lausanne (UNIL) is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne’s city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.


A postdoctoral position is available to further a new research project entitled “Challenges of municipal solid waste management: Learning from post-crisis governance initiatives in South Asia” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Development Cooperation under the r4d program. The position is for a maximum of 4 years, hosted at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) and under the responsibility of Professor René Véron.

The IGD is an interdisciplinary community of about 100 academics that work on space, place and the environment. With 15 professors, close to 40 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research. It hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 1st of November 2018 (or agreed upon date)

Contract length : 1 year, renewable one time for three years, maximum 4 years

Activity rate : 50%

Workplace : Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Your qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have earned a PhD degree in geography or a related social science. He/she will have extensive fieldwork experience and a publication record in field of urban environment and urban political ecology, preferably in South Asia (India, Nepal and/or Sri Lanka). Experience in solid waste management/governance would be an additional asset. Furthermore, an aptitude for project coordination and communication activities, willingness to spend significant time in South Asia and English language skills are required.

What the position offers you

Collaboration in an innovative research project with academic and NGO partners in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will further develop your academic or non-academic career. You will have the chance to travel to and spend time in South Asia. You will also be part of the IGD research group “Development, Societies and Environments”.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will contribute to the above-mentioned research project. Apart from co-publishing with other project members, he/she will help coordinating research and communication activities between the different project partners and spend significant time in South Asia.

Contact for further information

Prof. René Véron (

Your application

Deadline : 15th of September 2018

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF, including:

  • letter of motivation
  • full CV, including publication list
  • scans of university degrees and course transcripts/marks
  • PhD thesis and one publication.

Applications through this link:

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

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